Upgrading from Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2013 on Windows 2012 (Part 2)

In my previous post on Upgrading from Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2013 on Windows 2012 (Part 1), we covered the prerequisites to installing Exchange 2013 in your Exchange 2010 environment.  In this article we will cover installing Exchange 2013 and configuring it for coexistence.  For simplicity’s sake, I will show screenshots from a single “all-in-one” […]

Upgrading from Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2013 on Windows 2012 (Part 1)

Microsoft announced the release of Exchange 2013 last fall, but this was not very useful to most of us, because there was no support for previous versions of Exchange until new Service Packs and Hotfixes were available. In other words, you could not install Exchange 2013 into your current Exchange organization. In February Microsoft finally […]

Lync 2013 Cumulative Update 1 (CU1) Release – February 2013

Microsoft has released the Lync 2013 Cumulative Update 1 (CU1).  The naming conventions within “Lync” can be a little confusing.  This is a CLIENT update for Lync 2013. To enable these Lync 2013 updates, make sure both the Lyncloc and Msores packages are installed.  The MS release notes say that this requires a restart of […]

Office Visio Stencils – Office 365, Exchange 2013, Lync 2013 and SharePoint 2013

Apparently, I was enjoying my birthday too much to notice that Microsoft released the New Office Visio Stencils. This stencil contains more than 300 icons to help you create visual representations of Microsoft Office or Microsoft Office 365 deployments including Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, Microsoft Lync Server 2013, and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013. Continue Reading

Exchange 2010 Dynamic Distribution Group not working

There is a bug in the creation process for Dynamic Distribution Groups (DDG) in Exchange 2010.  When you use the Exchange Management Shell to create a DDG and specify the Organizational Unit (OU) where the DDG should reside in Active Directory, you must also specify the –RecipientContainer to search for that DDG.  Otherwise the DDG […]

Reporting on Number of Users per Pool

One of my customers has Lync deployment with multiple sites and three Lync pools. If I try to use the Lync Control Panel to determine the number of users per site I am limited to 200 results. This obvious is not sufficient if you have more than 200 users in a site. Never mind that […]

The 2012 Microsoft Product Roadmap

The star of last year’s product roadmap was Office 365. Microsoft this year looks likely to pivot from the public cloud to the private cloud, while also shipping staples like SQL Server and releasing major betas — and possibly final versions — of blockbusters including Windows 8 tablet, client and server, and Office 15. Continue […]

Windows Network Load Balancing with Exchange 2010 Client Access Servers

  A couple of years ago, Ross Smith IV gave a presentation on how Outlook client’s connection to Exchange 2010 Client Access Servers (CAS). Part of presentation covered load-balancing of the CAS servers and for the first time I heard Microsoft recommend using a Hardware Load-Balancer over Windows Network Load Balancing (NLB). Continue Reading